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President Mnangagwa hopes to deepen cooperation with China


On 9 December, Counsellor Zhao Baogang, Chinese Charge d'affaires a.i. in Zimbabwe, met with President Mnangagwa and exchanged views with him on China-Zimbabwe relations and issues of common interest.

Mr. Zhao briefed the president on the fourth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the latest progress in bilateral cooperation. He noted that China appreciates the support of Zimbabwe on issues of core interests and major concern to China. He said our two presidents mapped out the future of our bilateral relations during their exchange of visit in the past few years. Following their guidance, China is carrying out a number of projects in Zimbabwe, such as the new parliament building, the expansion of Hwange Power Station, and the Harare International Airport, all of which are showing good progress. China is committed to its cooperation with Zimbabwe and stands ready to continue to work with Zimbabwe under the Belt and Road initiative and FOCAC framework. The two sides should increase the exchange of governance experience and policy communication and foster popular support for bilateral relations. China looks forward to continued progress in bilateral cooperation in agriculture, manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and tourism.

Congratulating China on its success of the fourth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, President Mnangagwa noted the two countries enjoy a long-lasting and ever-growing friendship. Zimbabwe appreciates China's strong support for social and economic development in the country. Recalling the friendly discussion he had with President Xi Jinping in 2018, President Mnangagwa said President Xi and I made the decision to elevate our bilateral relations into a comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation and charted the future course of this relationship. Under the "new dispensation", Zimbabwe will continue to press ahead with reform, develop friendly relations with all countries, and in particular deepen its cooperation with China with renewed momentum. Going forward, Zimbabwe will confront problems head-on to improve business environment and do away with financing difficulties to attract more business investment from China in order to realize Vision 2030 and ensure the sustained growth of bilateral relations.

They also discussed other topics of shared interest.

The meeting was attended by John Mangudya, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, and James Manzou, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

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